Duffers win, tie to remain in first

Happy Fathers Day! While his Dad was getting a much needed rest in the box. Ken tied the score.
With the final seconds ticking away, it looked like the Duffers would have to settle for a tie.  With 1:02 left to play, Paul Jankowski (another Son of a Duffer) and Ken Lopatka set up Jeff Ahline  for the winning goal
On Wednesday, June 15, the Duffers faced a real test, as they fell behind early. Duffer goalie Stump Barczynski, faced tremendous pressure with 4 Duffers in the Penalty Box.
The Flyers found out that power plays against the Duffers are not an advantage as they gave up 3 shorties and had to settle for a 4-4 tie. The tie moved the Duffer record to 7-1-1.

The Downers Grove Duffers Hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to 8 games with a spectacular come from behind victory over the Hawks on Fathers day.
Sunday afternoon, when most Fathers are home relaxing,.the Duffer fathers were at the Ice rink asking each other "Where is your son?" Don Granato had the only good excuse. His son Tony was at an Olympic Development camp.  7 Duffers with an average age of 41 years,were about to face 15 twenty year olds. 
The Hawks quickly moved out to a 2-0 lead and the Duffer streak was in jeopordy.
Just when things looked bad, one of the lost sons raced into the rink and dressed in a flash.  Ken Lopatka scored a goal on his first shift to cut the lead in half with just 90seconds left in the first period.  The Hawks answered that goal just 30 seconds later to close out the first period with a 3-1 lead.

Two minutes into thesecond period, Lopatka teamed up with his old Downers South coach, Geno Cromwell.  Geno passed the puck to Ken at the point, and Ken blasted a slap shot past the Hawk goalie. The Hawks again answered with another goal a minute later to keep the lead at 2.  With 10:09 left in the period, Lopatka took a pass from Jeff Ahline and buried a goal to cut the lead to 4-3, but the Hawks scored to get that 2 goal leadback.
With 7 minutes left to play,Ken Lopatka's Dad got on the score sheet with a 2 minute tripping penalty. Ken blasted a slap shot past the startled Hawk goalie just 7 seconds into his dad's penalty. The score was now 5-4, but the Hawks had 1minute and 53 seconds left on their power play. Paul Jankowski, Cromwell, Ahline and Lopatka not only killed off the penalty, but Lopatka blocked a shot and scored his second short-handed goal of the penalty on a Break-a-way.  


Duffers shut out Rangers

The Duffers held on to first place by beating the Rangers 5-0. Goalie Stump Barczynski not only notched a shut out. but also picked up a rare assist when he hit Ken Lopatka with a lead pass late in the first period.  Lopatka's goal turned out to be the only goal Stump would need.
John Landry made the score 2-0 when

he poked in a pass from Tom Kowalkowski.
The game remained at 2-0 for most of the second period, then Jeff Ahline extended the lead to 3-0 when he was assisted by Boris Pavichevich and Frank Presecky.
Ken Lopatka and Tom Kowalkowski put the game out of reach as they added

third period goals to cement the 5-0 shut-out. Jim Miceli assisted.
The Duffers are now 9-1-1 with 2 games left to play.  July 7, the Blues get a chance to catch the Duffers  when they will face off at Icearena at 8:45.

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